Theme Week Alentejo

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Évora's historic downtown © Bunks/cc-by-3.0

Évora’s historic downtown © Bunks/cc-by-3.0

Alentejo Region, a historical and cultural rich region, is one of the seven NUTS 2 regions of Portugal. It covers all of the historical Alentejo Province and part of the historical Ribatejo and Estremadura provinces. The the largest city and capital is Évora.

The greater region is defined within Portugal by the land bordering the left bank of the river Tagus to the North and extending to the South where it borders the Algarve region. The origin of its name, “além” + “Tejo” combined as Alentejo, literally translates to “Beyond-the-Tagus”. However, a large part of the subregion Lezíria do Tejo is located on the right bank of the Tagus. The Alentejo is completely located beyond the left margin of the Tagus River.

Beach in Melides © Bauerpower/cc-by-sa-3.0-de Évora Cathedral © Concierge.2C/cc-by-sa-3.0 Évora's historic downtown © Bunks/cc-by-3.0 Historic church in Vila Nova de Santo André © MarioM/cc-by-sa-3.0 Mértola © Vitor Oliveira/cc-by-2.5 Monument to Zeca Afonso and the 1974 Carnation Revolution in Grândola © flickr.com - Claus Bunks
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Monument to Zeca Afonso and the 1974 Carnation Revolution in Grândola © flickr.com - Claus Bunks
The resident population of the Alentejo stands at around 759,000 (fourth quarter, 2008 – 2 700 less than the fourth quarter of 2007), with 49% men and 51% women. It is the least populated region in the country, representing over one third of national territory but only 7.1% of its population. It is also the region with the oldest population, 22.9% being 65 years of age or more (while the national average is 17.5%).

The population is still declining – especially in the east of the Alentejo. Locals are said to migrate from the villages to the towns and from the towns to cities beyond the Alentejo. Some migration into the Alentejo is from Northern Europeans looking to escape their overcrowded regions, though not always permanently, just for sunny holiday retreats. People from China, Brazil, and mostly from (South-)Eastern Europe add to curbing population decline.

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